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Month: April 2012

  • 29,220 Days

    That’s how many days old you are if you are 80 years old.  In 1992, my great-grandmother turned 80.  At that time, I was a 12-year old math and numbers nerd.  I also had a really corny sense of humor, as you’re about to see. A few days ago, I got a mysterious letter in…

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  • Never Giving Up in Ministry

    Ministry can often lead to burn out. I’ve had my times of wanting to throw in the towel. Yet when I stop and remember that this is what God wired me for and that He is my strength, I press on. Enjoy a light-hearted video I made about never giving up…  

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  • Children’s Ministry Stunt Lesson: The Human Table

    This human stunt is a crowd favorite – and anyone can do it.  Its called “The Human Table”.  You could also call it “The Levitating People” or come up with your own name. It’s called a “stunt” lesson rather than an object lesson because you need 4 adults about the same size as one another…

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  • The 5 Most Inspirational Kids in the Bible

    The Bible is full of children.  Some are named and some are not.  I’ve written a camp curriculum that highlights various kids in the Bible and what we can learn from their lives.  Here are my favorite 5.  What are your favorite kids in the Bible? 5. David (1 Samuel 17) – The Bible talks…

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  • Top 10 Christian Songs for Little Kids

    I just got this e-mail from a friend of mine this morning.  He and his wife are the parents of twin 3-year-old boys: I thought of you yesterday because I was tryin to think of other religious songs to sing for my kids. The only one I really know is “Jesus loves me this I…

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  • How to Juggle

    Juggling is not as difficult as you would think.  I learned how to juggle 3 beanbags when I was 11 years old.  It took me about 2 weeks of working on it for 10-20 minutes each night to get comfortable with it.  I’ve seen elementary-aged children successfully learn how to juggle in under an hour.…

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  • Why Environment Matters in Children’s Ministry

    Our church meets in an old theater in downtown Richmond, VA. The lighting and ambiance of the lobby and foyer area is perfect for a Saturday night concert (dim lights). So on a Sunday morning, a parent once tipped me off to the lighting scheme and suggested we turn the lights up so the kids…

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  • “Holy Fools”: Exploring the Journey of Calling for Christian Variety Performers

    I am happy to announce that my PhD dissertation has been published to ProQuest, an academic database for published research. I have made the dissertation open source, which means anyone anywhere can access the full content free of charge. Here is the full dissertation: https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/holy-fools-exploring-journey-calling-christian/docview/2622316783/se-2 Please share far and wide. I am very much excited…

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    The Easiest Large Group Game Ever

    This is probably the easiest large group game ever invented.  If you can think of an easier one, please let me know in the comments. Heads or Tails! This game of heads or tails involves EVERYONE in your large group.  It is actually better the larger the group gets.  There is an elimination factor to…

  • Out of the Mouths of Children

    “Out of the Mouths of Children” Sermon from Sunday, April 21, 2024 Dr. Jesse Joyner *Scripture passages are from the NIV unless otherwise noted. Matthew 21:6 “…and they said to him, ‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and…

  • Not a Single Bone Shall Be Broken

    Today is Good Friday on the Christian calendar. I would like to share a Good Friday reflection with you. Thank you for reading… When I speak at children’s events, I tell the story of Jesus and his ministry on earth. I point out that Jesus was the only human in history who lived a perfect…

  • From the Lips of Children

    Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day of the Christian calendar where we celebrate the Triumphal Entry, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while the crowd shouted “Hosanna!” That means, “Save!” The choice of donkey versus a horse demonstrates that Jesus is the humble king. But there is another detail of this story that…